Aug
08
2014

Stephen Pimpare on Paul Ryan, Alyssa Hadley Dunn on Campbell Brown

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Republican Congressman Paul Ryan is back with yet one more plan to fight poverty. And, as usual the national media are giving him plenty of attention. But is there anything new here? And what are the broad lessons—and problems—with the poverty discussions that Ryan inspires? We'll ask poverty researcher and author Stephen Pimpare.

Also this week: Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown is making the media rounds with a new corporate education reform group that targets teachers as the problem with public schools. But like other such reformers, Brown has no background in education, and often gets her facts wrong. Michigan State University education professor Alyssa Hadley Dunn with join us with a fact-check.

Aug
01
2014

Arjun Makhijani on Renewable Energy

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The UN's panel of climate scientists have issued grave warnings about continued dependence on fossil fuels, but US policy seems to be looking more to the polluting energy source--with a fracking boom, the Keystone pipeline and, in the latest news, the White House's opening of the Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling. We'll talk to Arjun Makhijani of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research about why none of this has to be this way.

Jul
16
2014

Who Gets to Speak on Cable News?

The identity of the whitest, malest show we found may surprise you

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A survey of major cable news discussion programs shows a stunning lack of diversity among the guests.

Jul
11
2014

Yousef Munayyer on Gaza Attacks, Lee Fang on Marijuana Legalization

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Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have claimed dozens of Palestinian lives, including those of more than a dozen children. There are no Israeli casualties so far. The fact that US corporate media fail to note the unequal power and disproportionate suffering of Palestinians is just one of the ways middle east coverage is distorted. We'll talk with Yousef Munayyer of the Jerusalem Fund, about that.

Also on the show: For the first time, Gallup reports a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Of course many things can stand between popular opinion and legislation, and in this case one of those things is a powerful industry, though you don't hear much about it in debates around pot. Lee Fang of the Nation institute will join us to talk about his piece, The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal.

Jul
01
2014

The Assault on Organics

Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming

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A massive PR effort tries to convince people not to care about pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or GMOs in food.

Jul
01
2014

The One-Sided Culture War Against Children

Left and right unite against ‘kids who want it all’

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On topics related to children, even liberals tend to hold positions whose premises are deeply conservative.

Apr
01
2014

With Marijuana, the Obvious Is Incendiary

It’s hard to argue pot is riskier than alcohol—but many pundits did

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American society devotes significant resources to a punitive approach to one substance, while fully legalizing and normalizing other far more dangerous and addictive substances.